Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A different onam.

Our first onam without mom.....Our caretaker, Vijayan and his wife, Syamala got lunch for us sans the 'paayasam'. It was a superb lunch. Damn sweet of them!

Telephone calls, smses and messages on What'sApp kept coming in.

And then came Sumangala and her brother and sister. She was with us for 20 years, helping mom in her housework while mom and dad were particular about her education - she finished her graduation and is now, a teacher in a school, nearby. Her husband, working abroad in Kuwait, is arriving tomorrow early morning on a month's leave. Subhash, her brother, is a successful businessman, operating from Sreeperumbudur, concentrating on packing material and their leading customer is Saint Gobain!

I remember Subhash during his younger days, when he and his family used to insist on my helping him to join the Indian Navy. It never did work out owing to many reasons while his cousin could successfully pass the recruitment examination and enroll in the IN. For Subhash and his family, it was a loss of face and they're angry with me for 'not having seen him through'. He'd joined an engineering firm concentrating on the construction business and one fine morning, he took the train to Madras to draw his future. The result of his hard work is there for all to see.......he's now a successful businessman. This evening, standing near my mom's cremation spot, he attributed his success to my parents and yours truly. He was determined to make it big after his failure to join the IN and it was that resoluteness that saw him overcome the bad days! His wife, Rajani, a son studying in class III and a daughter, in pre-school is his small world.

Susheela, their eldest sister, is an 'Anganwadi teacher' doing well, whose husband is expected from Saudi Arabia on a month's leave, tomorrow at 10 AM. Her education was also taken care of by my parents when she used to help mom, before her younger sister had come in!

They'd fetched up to pay their homage to mom and dad.......finding it difficult to reconcile to my mom's passing away!


(a) Susheela, had also contested the panchayat elections, in '05, on an LDF ticket and came third, behind mom.

(b) Padmakumar left for Palakkad on completion of leave, this evening at 2215 hrs. Our strength has, now, reduced to four! 

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